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Wireless Network Installation and Security



AFC Communications Wireless Solutions

 

When most people think of wireless networking they simply think of the wireless access point they have at home to allow them access from the living room. While this is the basic capability of wireless networks there are a number of benefits over cabled networks in addition to a number of "Killer Apps" that a wireless network can provide. For example wireless networks can enable any number of voice applications, Windows Mobile or iPhone Applications, network bar-code scanners, or security badges. The major benefits of wireless networks include :

Convenience

The wireless nature of such networks allows users to access network resources from nearly any convenient location within their primary networking environment (home or office). With the increasing saturation of laptop-style computers, this is particularly relevant.

wireless network
NEC Assured Mobility

Mobility

With the emergence of VoWLAN (Voice over Wireless LAN) NEC is offering an entire product line of mobility options. The Assured Mobility Option pictured is a full featured in-building wireless voice solution. Another NEC product is the Mobile Client. This is an application that runs on a Windows Mobile device and allows the device to be an internal extension when in the office and switch over to your cell when you leave range of the WLAN in the office. It also can show you the realtime status of employees at their desks even when away from the office!

Productivity

Users connected to a wireless network can maintain a nearly constant affiliation with their desired network as they move from place to place. For a business, this implies that an employee can potentially be more productive as his or her work can be accomplished from any convenient location. For example, a hospital or warehouse may implement Voice over WLAN applications that enable mobility and cost savings.

NEC Unified Communications Mobile Client
MH240

 

Deployment

Initial setup of an infrastructure-based wireless network requires little more than a single access point. Wired networks, on the other hand, have the additional cost and complexity of actual physical cables being run to numerous locations (which can even be impossible for hard-to-reach locations within a building).

Expandability

Wireless networks can serve a suddenly-increased number of clients with the existing equipment. In a wired network, additional clients would require additional wiring. Cost Wireless networking hardware is at worst a modest increase from wired counterparts. This potentially increased cost is almost always more than outweighed by the savings in cost and labor associated to running physical cables.

SonicPoint TZ210
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